Counting and countdowns seem to be popular things to live by these days for many sports fans.
If you are an Alabama Baseball fan like me, a week ago you were counting down the number of strikes Alabama’s Nathan Kilcrease had to throw in order for the Crimson Tide to beat Georgia Tech and advance to the NCAA Super Regionals.
Then, like me, you counted how many baseball players could safely pile on top of a Peanut without hurting him.
You could also be a basketball fan, counting the number of times Kobe “cracked” on someone only to get beaten. Well, until that final game anyway.
And, for those choosing to get involved in the World Cup, you probably counted down the days until it started, and then counted the number of cuss words the USA player said to the ref after the terrible call he made in today’s game (not that anyone could blame him).
For most of us however, we have one countdown in mind: the countdown until College Football starts once again.
Alabama plays San Jose State on September 4th . That date is a mere 77 days, 10 hours, and 15 minutes from when I am writing this. Such a date is important, as is the countdown. However, there is another even more significant countdown I wish to discuss.
As a recent "Tweeter", I came across an interesting post from Lance Armstrong. He was asking for "Prayers for Ellie" and included a link to a little girl's twitter called “LiftEllieUp.” After visiting Ellie's twitter, and following the link to her Caring Bridge site, this little girl and her story had won my heart.
Ellie is a six year old little girl, currently battling a very rare type of stage four cancer ( Rhabdomyosarcoma) in her trunk and lungs. She had no symptoms, other than a dull ache in her leg that turned out to be a tumor.
I could tell you all about Ellie's battle but in my opinion, it is best described by the people that love her and have been around her through this time, because everyone's battle and experiences are different facing this terrible disease.
Her parents have been told by the hospice that their daughter has about a week to live. 7 days left here on this earth. A tragic countdown.
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